In less than a week's time, Boris Johnson could very well be the prime minister of the UK and he probably deserves it because he apparently put London, a city which dates back to Roman times, 'on the map'.
Well, at least that's what Johnson's Tory colleague Liz Truss said at the latest leadership hustings, which took place on Wednesday night at ExCel London, in the city's Docklands area.
Truss, who is the current chief secretary to the treasury, introduced Johnson at the event where she paid tribute to his time as the mayor of London, which included tackling crime, improving housing, the London Olympics and spending millions on a bridge that doesn't exist.
Boris Johnson put London on the map. He was the mayor who cut crime, built houses, who levelled up all parts of this great city with world-class infrastructure and having worked with Boris for several years now, I am convinced he is the man to do that for our entire country.
We understand the sentiment that Truss is trying to convey here but to claim that London wasn't considered to be a major city within the world prior to Johnson's ascension in 2008 is a clear ignorance of literally thousands of years of history.
Once her quote made it on to Twitter, it provoked a lot of reaction and let's just say that people didn't exactly agree with her.
“Boris Johnson put London on the map,” says Liz Truss.— Adam Bienkov (@Adam Bienkov) 1563389245
Liz Truss: "Boris Johnson put London on the map". I'm not making it up, she just said that.— Ross McCafferty (@Ross McCafferty) 1563389210
Wow. Did not know this. Fair play. I’ve clearly underestimated him. https://t.co/fiGkI6pIqx— James Oh Brien (@James Oh Brien) 1563390753
If liberal conservatives like Liz Truss are going to feign support for Johnson; they need to come up with better so… https://t.co/U8HOfAtjT2— Joseph Gellman (@Joseph Gellman) 1563430190
Liz Truss thinks London was a provincial backwater until Boris Johnson put it on the map. You really want someone w… https://t.co/d5wGiJJISF— Red North (@Red North) 1563395902
Liz Truss says 'Boris Johnson put London on the map'. Which may be news to London. And the Ordnance Survey.— Olly Barratt (@Olly Barratt) 1563389306
"No one had heard of Oxford before Inspector Morse." - Alan Partridge https://t.co/OzpJnCDYJs— Graham Lithgow (@Graham Lithgow) 1563390482
Maybe Truss hadn't heard of London before 2008?
Because no one had ever heard of London before... Sometimes Liz Truss takes dim to new levels https://t.co/APhi6kY6Mc— John Crace (@John Crace) 1563391427
Says a lot about Liz Truss' education if she didn't know where London was before 2008. Explains a lot. https://t.co/9Mm7icpJKX— quisquilian clump (@quisquilian clump) 1563393168
Remember before Boris Johnson was elected mayor in 2008, London was a provincial backwater and nobody had heard of… https://t.co/VTbE6VxvRr— Jack Harrison (@Jack Harrison) 1563396594
I believe this. Specifically, I believe Liz Truss didn’t know what London was until Boris told her. https://t.co/Dn0L0bOuwi— Andrew James Carter (@Andrew James Carter) 1563394435
With this in mind, we might as well just re-write history, hadn't we?
Absolutely true. Before 2008 historians would refer to the Tower of Whatsitsname and the Great Fire near Essex. https://t.co/SCS2pLKNBH— Marc Morris (@Marc Morris) 1563391868
Ah yes, I remember those pre-2008 conversations well. "I'm going to London this weekend?" "Lon-what?" "Capital cit… https://t.co/A60usuX7bp— Nooruddean (@Nooruddean) 1563390424
To be fair - the location of London was a state secret and the city wasn't allowed to be shown on standard OS maps… https://t.co/CzbyBGLqYl— ianVisits (@ianVisits) 1563389913
Liz Truss: Boris Johnson put London on the map. History: https://t.co/WKIf5sdYkE— The Robot of Death (@The Robot of Death) 1563392123
So did the bubonic plague. https://t.co/nu6zuXY7S1— Rhodri Marsden (@Rhodri Marsden) 1563398585
I think 'London put Boris Johnson on the map' might be more accurate, eh Liz Truss. https://t.co/4WAzvkukvg— Mandy Colleran (@Mandy Colleran) 1563393695
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